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Rilo Kiley

Rilo Kiley: The Execution Of All ThingsThe Execution Of All Things (2002)
Saddle Creek Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: Sally_FieldMeg
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Alright. Let's just get everything out of our systems. Yes, Blake Sennet, Rilo's guitarist, was on "Salute Your Shorts." Yes, Jenny Lewis' side project is the Postal Service with Ben Gibbard. Yes, Jenny is a cute redhead. And yes, Jenny did kiss Fred Savage in the movie "The Wizard." Instead of thin.
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Alright. Let's just get everything out of our systems. Yes, Blake Sennet, Rilo's guitarist, was on "Salute Your Shorts." Yes, Jenny Lewis' side project is the Postal Service with Ben Gibbard. Yes, Jenny is a cute redhead. And yes, Jenny did kiss Fred Savage in the movie "The Wizard." Instead of thinking of such things upon hearing the name Rilo Kiley, one should think soley of their best release to date, The Execution Of All Things.

Only Rilo Kiley could make lyrics as simple as "All of our friends were gathered there with their pets just talking shit" sound beautiful and perfectly placed. The soft-spoken, hushed tone of Jenny's voice is the ideal way to open such an album. The folk, indie feel is consistent throughout the record, especially given the wide variety of instruments guests provide. The French horn, flute, keyboard, accordion, and cello all make appearances on The Execution Of All Things and add to the dream-like feel. Hell, even the way Jenny Lewis frequents the word "fuck" is beautiful. And that's just not a pretty word.

The imagery on this album is amazing; "In my dreams, I see myself hitting a baseball in a green field somewhere near a freeway. I'm all tan and smiling and running from third base." When written out, the lyrics look bland and awkward, yet the way Jenny's haunting voice projects them, they're irresistable. The Execution Of All Things is clearly a feel-good release, with still a little bit of self-deprecation, but nothing too overbearing. The album will have you partaking in the laid-back feel immediately.

Not only would The Execution Of All Things qualify as Rilo Kiley's best release to date, I'd also go out on a limb and dub it one of 2002's best releases of any kind.

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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
bloodbrothersburnpiano (November 23, 2005)

all of the best moments on this album are when jenny says "fuck"

Anonymous (April 11, 2005)

Chinatown youre obviously a winner, the comma was optional. Dummm-ass-fuking-tard.

Your Friend,
-501

Anonymous (April 10, 2005)

So Overrated. Actor Bands.

lou (April 9, 2005)

ohh, good call.

SethCohen (April 9, 2005)

You can whittle it down more of you really wanted to. Jenny was in Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even with Ben Savage

lou (April 9, 2005)

yeah i watched a lot of tv in the 90s and yes i do remember the episode of boy meets world that fred savage guess starred in. i was just talking about it not that long ago really. so yes, i guess i do have a lot of free time too.

on a side note, working was a very cool show as well. scores for USAM on USA.

Anonymous (April 8, 2005)

"To the guy who talked about the connection through the Savages. How the hell did you know all of that? You must have alot of spare time. "

I know all of that too. You don't need to have spare time, you just need to have been a kid who watched tv in the 90's. it's not obscure info.

p.s. i love this album. and i agree that it's rilo kiley's best. also, i don't see why people get so pissed off when someone dislikes a band that they personally like. people have different tastes...get the fuck over it.

Sally_Field (April 7, 2005)

"This score is for Salute Your Shorts"
This score is for your total lack of originality

Thank you.

SethCohen (April 7, 2005)

"This score is for Salute Your Shorts"
This score is for your total lack of originality

Inspection12e (April 7, 2005)

Oh my god Chinatown I missed a comma. Sorry oh great professor of english. When is your book getting published? I can't wait to pick up a copy.

Anchors (April 7, 2005)

Mass Comm represent, bitches.

CorpseOfMyMotivation (April 6, 2005)

"does ianyone else find it strange that...
jenny lewis kissed fred savage in the wizard.
fred's brother ben starred in boy meets world.
blake was on boy meets world for a few seasons.
blake and jenny are now in rilo kiley."

I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed this connection. If you want to get technical, Fred was in Boy Meets World too. Remember the episode where he's a teacher and hits on Topanga, causing Corey to punch him in the face which almost gets him expelled before Feeny saves the day? Fuck, I need a life.

Anonymous (April 6, 2005)

This score is for Salute Your Shorts

greenparticle (April 6, 2005)

Most English majors are "hipster doofus"-types, to steal from Seinfeld reference; I'd like to think I'm a rare exception. I've also noticed a lot of people who listen to punk are history majors too. Whatever.

Go English.

Kenjamin (April 6, 2005)

I'm a punk majoring in English. I've noticed a large percentage of the punk kids are history majors though; for whatever reason.

Anonymous (April 5, 2005)

You know what I like? Spelling, capitalization and punctuation but I guess real punks don't take the time to use those.

Man, at least have the decency not to be a hypocrite.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (April 5, 2005)

too mcuh time silly, come on i'm punk not a fucking english major

Inspection12e (April 5, 2005)

You know what I like? Spelling, capitalization and punctuation but I guess real punks don't take the time to use those.

Anonymous (April 5, 2005)

i like you guys, you are funny. i don't actually hate atreyu and have no real opinion of bright eyes one way or the other. they did a great cover of devil town by daniel johnston. i just like messing with little kids like you guys who cry if anyone attacks a band you like. rilo kiley just doesn't seem good to me in any way shape or form. the whole concept of punknews at this point in time is just retarded, the only real punk bands are long since gone, with most of them having half the members in the ground (the stooges, mc5, ramonesm new york dolls, etc..). whatever though, i'm done with my posting on this. this has almost been as fun as the kid who cried because i siad that the useen wasn't a punk band. so you can keep crying because not everyone likes rilo kiley, though i'll say that i don't know many people who don't like jenny's work with the postal service though that is neither here nor there, and i'll keep laughing at you

Anonymous (April 5, 2005)

if you hit a baseball you run to first, not from third. chicks can't play baseball.

Archangel (April 5, 2005)

"if you like this, you like whatever you are told to like, and probably think bright eyes is fucking brilliant. its not. these guys were nice when i had to work one of thier shows, i just don't see how anyone thinks they are amazing. plus, pretty pop music isn't really punk. its about as punk as atreyu or any of those shit metal bands"

Wow! You must be punk! You hate Bright Eyes and Atreyu, you have cred because you work shows, and you know what real punk is!

Quick, someone make this guy a staff writer!

Inspection12e (April 5, 2005)

That is the worst album they have put out to date.

allison_le_gnome (April 5, 2005)

Rilo Kiley is my guilty pleasure. I only have the new cd, copied from my friend, though.

Inspection12e (April 5, 2005)

Owned

Sally_Field (April 5, 2005)

if you like this, you like whatever you are told to like, and probably think bright eyes is fucking brilliant. its not. these guys were nice when i had to work one of thier shows, i just don't see how anyone thinks they are amazing. plus, pretty pop music isn't really punk. its about as punk as atreyu or any of those shit metal bands

u R rIgHt. I aM GoInG tO CrEaTe a NeW WeBsItE PrEtTyPoPNeWs.OrG AnD PoSt tHiS ReViEw TheRe!!111

theundergroundscene (April 5, 2005)

not to be an asshole but

of course a fucking girl wrote this review

Anonymous (April 5, 2005)

if you like this, you like whatever you are told to like, and probably think bright eyes is fucking brilliant. its not. these guys were nice when i had to work one of thier shows, i just don't see how anyone thinks they are amazing. plus, pretty pop music isn't really punk. its about as punk as atreyu or any of those shit metal bands

Inspection12e (April 5, 2005)

One of my all time favorite cd's. Nice review Sally.

Just stop with the generic metalcore!

To the guy who talked about the connection through the Savages. How the hell did you know all of that? You must have alot of spare time. I never knew that was the Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley in the Wizard.

SethCohen (April 5, 2005)

Actually this is better than 99% of the shit out there. I know you can't grab your dick and finger your little sister's friends while they sleep over to your house to it, but it's a really good album.

Anonymous (April 5, 2005)

too bad thier "best release to date" is still worse than 99% of the shit out there

Kenjamin (April 5, 2005)

Hell, even the way Jenny Lewis frequents the word "fuck" is beautiful

Definitely! When she screams, "It's so fucking beautiful!" on Spectacular Views I have to rewind it atleast once.

Anonymous (April 5, 2005)

I kept hearing good things about RK so I listened to one of their albums at the store. It seemed pleasant but pointless, which SHOULD be the antithesis of all things punk. I guess it would make good "quiet time" music for more conservative dinner parties and possible make out sessions, but otherwise....

lou (April 5, 2005)

*anyone

fucking hate people who can't spell.

lou (April 5, 2005)

like this album. score is for the wizard.

does ianyone else find it strange that...
jenny lewis kissed fred savage in the wizard.
fred's brother ben starred in boy meets world.
blake was on boy meets world for a few seasons.
blake and jenny are now in rilo kiley.

maybe i'm retarded and that is all blatantly obvious, but i still find it strikingly odd.

colin (April 5, 2005)

dont like this album much, but that one song ('take off and landings?') where shes all pissed off is good.

Anonymous (April 5, 2005)

Don't agree that she's "cute". Do agree that it's a good album.

swingline (April 5, 2005)

can't stand this band

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